Breastfeeding is Good Healthcare for Women (Not Just Babies)

Maria Lactans (“Nursing Madonna”) Ora pro nobis.

From Time Magazine

If new moms adhered to the recommended guidelines that urge them to  breast-feed each child they give birth to for at least one year, they could  theoretically stave off up to 5,000 cases of breast cancer,  about 54,000 cases of hypertension and nearly 14,000 heart  attacks annually.

Averting those diseases could also save $860 million, according to research  published in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

…Drilling deeper, the study found that less-than-optimal breast-feeding rates  took a $734 million toll in terms of hospital stays, doctor visits and  medication and cost $126 million in time away from work.


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